“He poses that threat every time he steps in the box,” Farrell added. “He recognizes that a lot of teams will pitch him carefully. ... David is typically not a guy that gets frustrated with the attack plan of the opposition. To their credit, they haven’t thrown many pitches on the plate. When they did in a bases loaded situation, we know what he can do.”
Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera won the American League MVP last year when batting for the Triple Crown.
And he hasn’t had a terrible ALCS. He entered yesterday batting .278 with a .350 on-base percentage, .444 slugging percentage, .794 OPS, one homer and four RBIs.
Yes, the Red Sox have pitched him well and have had a strong plan for him, but Cabrera is playing through some injuries and that should make you wonder what the slugger’s numbers would look like right now if he actually was 100 percent.
“It kind of breaks your heart, to be honest with you — to see him out there the way he has to be out there and the way he is right now because you know he’s hurting,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “He’s tough as nails. I have so much respect for him.
It’s really a shame, to be honest with you, for the whole baseball world because they’re not getting a chance to see him at his best,” Leyland said. “This time of year, people are turning on the TV. They love to see these guys. Obviously I think he’s the best player in the league. To not be able to see him at his best because of a physical ailment, it hurts a little bit. But that’s just the way it is, and you live with those things.”
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